Living With Asthma: What to Do


Caring for a child with asthma is a big responsibility for any parent. Asthma triggers may be lurking around every corner, and it’s not always easy to know the best way to protect your child. But helping your child achieve improvement in asthma symptoms is a goal that may be within reach. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind that many parents just like you have found helpful.

  • Work with your child’s doctor to select the correct long-term controller (preventive) medication
  • Manage your child’s asthma triggers, keeping in mind that some triggers may be seasonal and easy to miss
  • Design an asthma action plan for your child with your doctor
  • Educate your family and friends so they can help when needed

Take a look below to see how you can achieve each of these goals.

In this section

Your Asthma Action Plan

Having a written asthma action plan can help keep your child's asthma under control.


Preparing Your Child's Caregivers

When your child is in the care of family, friends, teachers, and other caregivers, it is important that they be prepared to handle your child’s condition.


Asthma Resources

Find helpful information and Web sites for children with asthma.

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Asthma Triggers


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Discussion Guide


Learn how to talk to your doctor and help improve your child's asthma symptoms with the Doctor Discussion Guide.

Mom’s Guide
to Jet Nebulizing


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how to make jet nebulizing easier for your child.

Mom’s Guide to
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Important Safety Information

PULMICORT RESPULES is not a bronchodilator and should NOT be used to treat an acute asthma attack. If your child is switching to PULMICORT RESPULES from an oral corticosteroid, follow the doctor's instructions to avoid serious health risks when your child stops using oral corticosteroids.

Only use PULMICORT RESPULES with a jet nebulizer machine that is connected to an air compressor. Do not use an ultrasonic nebulizer.

Thrush infection of the mouth and throat may occur with PULMICORT RESPULES.

Avoid exposure of your child to infections such as chicken pox and measles. Tell your doctor immediately if your child is exposed.

Inhaled corticosteroids may cause a reduction in growth rate. The long-term effect on final adult height is unknown.

PULMICORT RESPULES should not be used if your child is allergic to budesonide or any of the ingredients.

Be sure to tell the healthcare provider about all your child's health conditions and all medicines he or she may be taking.

As with other inhaled asthma medications, bronchospasm, with an immediate increase in wheezing, may occur after dosing. If bronchospasm occurs following dosing with PULMICORT RESPULES, it should be treated immediately with a fast-acting inhaled bronchodilator. Treatment with PULMICORT RESPULES should be stopped and your physician consulted.

The most common side effects include respiratory infection, runny nose, coughing, ear infection, viral infection, thrush in the mouth and throat, inflammation of the stomach including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite, nose bleed, pink eye, and rash.

Approved Use

PULMICORT RESPULES® (budesonide inhalation suspension) is a maintenance medicine used to control and prevent asthma symptoms in children ages 12 months to 8 years.

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This product information is intended for US consumers only.

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